They're not voting because...
- I am a believer in socialism, and no...
I am a believer in socialism, and no party currently offers what I deem to be a socialism based manifesto. Surely it is then better not to vote than to elect someone on may 5th and criticize their actions on may 6th.written 15th May 2005
Max replies: There was a Socialist Party candidate standing in Vauxhall.written 15th May 2005
See their manifesto at http://www.worldsocialism.org/spgb/candidatesmanifestomay05.html.
I have to reiterate that you won't achieve socialism (i.e. a world society of common ownership based on need, not profit) by just putting an X against the Socialist candidate. You have to be prepared to organise to build that society. No political party can hand you socialism.
Keith replies: Yes, but Vauxhall isn't South Shields where a) there was no socialist candidate and b) David Milliband had a 13,000 majority. I understand the need for hard work and often wish i could do more, but the problem facing this country is that so much is geared to the 3 main parties as to who can dictate what happens.written 16th May 2005
Max replies: There was no Socialist Party candidate in my constituency, but that didn't stop me helping them. I have been a member for nearly 44 years, and there has never been a candidate where I've been living, but the work goes on.written 16th May 2005
You say you wish you could do more; presumably there are good reasons why you can't.
Tiger43 replies: To poster.........Build. As in the Hitler youth perhaps? Though not in the fascist sense of course.written 17th May 2005
dcd replies: Yes, there was no whig candidate in my consituency either, nor socialist, nor communist... in fact, come to think of it, ALL the 19th century ideologies, including capitalist, seem to have been consigned to the history books now that we're in the 21st century. Funny that.
Funnier, though, that some people still cling to these, and funnier still that the basic governmental systems remain basically intact and unchanged!written 18th May 2005
Tiger43 replies: Funny is quite a popular word at the moment. Funny eh?written 19th May 2005
Werea replies: Thank you very much!written 17th Sep 2005